Msholozi HIV testing applauded

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has won praise from opposition parties for taking the lead on HIV- Aids but was criticised for failing to make his ministers' performance agreements public.

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has won praise from opposition parties for taking the lead on HIV- Aids but was criticised for failing to make his ministers' performance agreements public.

The ID and Cope praised Zuma for taking a public HIV test, describing this as "a turning point in our painful history of fighting this pandemic".

But they said he must reveal to the public how he would judge the work of his ministers and what he would do if they did not perform. Zuma has signed performance agreements with his cabinet ministers to improve service delivery.

DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip urged Zuma to develop ways to punish ministers who do not perform if he did not want his presidency to be seen as "paying lip service to accountability but really concerned with the entrenchment of its own power".

"Why make the announcement in public if the public has no way of monitoring and evaluating?" Cope chief whip Mbhazima Shilowa asked.

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